tv President Trump Meets with U.N. Security Council Ambassadors CSPAN April 25, 2017 1:43am-1:51am EDT
with the media in the room the president spoke about the recent failure to adopt a resolution condemning the syrian government for its use of chemical weapons and talked about potential action against north korea in the future. president trump: a very, very important group of people. it is really wonderful to have you with us and i have to say welcome to the white house. we have the privilege to have all of the ambassadors and their spouses. they were going to leave out the spouses and i said it is very important. there were a lot of angry spouses. this is the first time at the white house so a great honor for those of you who are here at the white house. as you know, the united states holds the presidency of the security council this month and i'm glad that we are continuing the tradition of hosting the council's ambassadors in our nation's capital.
it is a great honor, believe me. i want to thank ambassador nikki haley for her outstanding leadership and for acting as my personal envoy on the security council. she's doing a good job. does everybody like nikki? [laughter] president trump: otherwise she can easily be replaced, right? we won't do that. i promise. she's doing a fantastic job. everyone i see it even as we took pictures before the friendship that you've developed, all of you together. that is really a fantastic thing. the mission of the united nations and the u.n. security council is to maintain international peace and security. these are important aims and shared interests. but as we look around the world it's clear that there's much work for you to achieve. you're going to be very busy people i suspect over the coming months and years. our nation faces serious and growing threats and many of them
stem from problems that have been unaddressed for far too long. in fact, the united nations doesn't like taking on certain -- doesn't mind taking on certain problems but i know for a fact people in this room and i know for a fact nikki feels very strongly about taking on problems that really people steered away from. i encourage the security council to come together and take action to counter all of these many threats. on syria the council failed again this month to respond to syria's use of chemical weapons, a great disappointment. i was very disappointed by that. the status quo in north korea is also unacceptable. and the council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on north korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs. this is a real threat to the world whether we want to talk about it or not. north korea as big world problem and a problem we have to finally solve. people have put blind folds on
for decades and now it's time to solve the problem. for the united nations to play an effective role in solving these and other security challenges, big reforms will be required. in addition we must also take a close look at the u.n. budget. costs have been absolutely gone out of control. but i will say this. if we do a great job, i care much less about the budget because you're talking about peanuts compared to the important work you're doing. you really are. you're talking about the most important things ever. and i must say i'm a budget person. you see the way i'm talking about nato, the same thing. but if you do a great job at the united nations i feel much differently about it. because we're talking pennies compared to the kind of lives and money that you'll be saving. the united states is just one of 193 countries in the u.n. pays for 22% of the budget and
almost 30% of the united nations peacekeeping, which is unfair. we need the member states to come together to eliminate inefficiency in both and to ensure that no one nation shoulders a disproportionate share of the burden, militarily or financially. and this is only fair to our taxpayers. i look forward to a productive discussion about our shared role in keeping the peace, advancing reforms, and getting everyone to do their fair share. i also want to say to you that i have long felt the united nations is an under performer but has tremendous potential. there are those people that think it's an under performer and will never perform. i think, and i think especially i'm so happy with the job that nikki is doing and our representatives. nikki and the group. and i see the relationship she has already developed. i think that the united nations has tremendous potential,
tremendous potential, far greater than what i would say any other candidate in the last 30 years would have even thought to say. i don't think it has lived up to the potential. i see a day when there is a conflict with the united nations, you get together and you solve the conflict. you just don't see the united nations like solving conflicts. i think that's going to start happening now. i can see it. and the united nations will get together and solve conflicts. there won't be two countries. it will be the united nations mediating or arbitrating with those countries. so i see fantastic potential and fantastic things ahead for the united nations. and i have to say it is a tremendous honor to know you and to meet you and nikki has given me a little briefing on each and every one of you. i will tell you, i am a very blunt person. if she didn't like you i would tell you right now but she gets along with everybody and respects everybody in this room. i'll end by saying unless you
would rather not do it, so we have an office in the white house. you may have heard of it. it's called the oval office. i thought what we'd do is all go down as a group and take some pictures in the oval office. i know you've never seen it. nobody seems to get to see the oval office very much. but we're going to show you the oval office. we'll go down, take some pictures in the oval office, and we'll have a good luncheon and talk about the united nations and we'll talk about peace. thank you all very much for being here. it is a great honor and i'm glad you brought your spouses. [applause] >> c-span's "washington journal" live every day with news and policy issues that impact you . coming up tuesday morning american immigration lawyers , association advocacy director greg chen will talk about the increase in i.c.e. immigration arrests. and the senior fellow discusses
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